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2018 Cannes: 14 Films in Contention for Queer Palm

Plaire Aimer Et Courir Vite (Sorry Angel) by Christophe Honoré – one of 14 films competing for this year’s Queer Palm at the 71st Cannes Film Festival

The Queer Palm is an independently sponsored prize for selected LGBT-relevant films entered into the Cannes Film Festival. The award was founded in 2010 by journalist Franck Finance-Madureira. It is sponsored by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, filmmakers of Jeanne and the Perfect Guy, The Adventures of Felix, Crustacés et Coquillages, and L’Arbre et la forêt.

The award recognizes a film for its treatment of LGBT themes and gleans from among those films nominated or entered under Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, International Critics’ Week, Directors’ Fortnight and the ACID section.

Along with Berlin’s Teddy Award and Venice’s Queer Lion, the Queer Palm is a major international film award dedicated specifically for LGBT cinema.

The jury of the 9th queer palm will be chaired by French Producer Sylvie Pialat. The first winner of the Queer Palm was Gregg Araki’s Kaboom in 2010. Other winners have included BPM (Beats per Minute), Carol, Stranger by the Lake and Laurence Anyways.

Here are the films and selections competing for this year’s Queer Palm.

Official selection – In Competition

Plaire Aimer Et Courir Vite (Sorry Angel), Christophe Honoré

Knife + Heart, Yann Gonzalez


Official selection – Midnight

Whitney, Kevin Macdonald


Official selection – Un Certain Regard

Girl, Lukas Dhont

Euphoria, Valeria Golino

El Angel, Luis Ortega

Rafiki (Friend), Wanuri Kahiu

Border, Ali Abassi

Die Stropers (The Harvesters), Etienne Kallos


Directors Fortnight

Carmen y Lola, Arantxa Echevarria


Critics’ Week

Diamantino,  Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt
Wild, Camille Vidal-naquet
Shéhérazade, Jean-Bernard Marlin


ACID Section

L’amour debout (Love Standing), Michael Dacheux
Cassandro the Exotico!, Marie Losier

About Erik Anderson

Erik thanks his mother for his love of all things Oscar, having watched the Academy Awards together since he was in the single digits; making lists, rankings and predictions throughout the show. This led him down the path to obsessing about awards. Much later, he found himself at GoldDerby, led by Tom O’Neill and then migrated over to Oscarwatch (now AwardsDaily), headed up by Sasha Stone before breaking off to create AwardsWatch. He is a member of the International Cinephile Society, GALECA (The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics), the International Press Academy and is the founder/owner of AwardsWatch.

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